Apr 25 2020
"Pacing the Plot of Your Novel or Short Story" wit...

"Pacing the Plot of Your Novel or Short Story" wit...

Presented by Writers' League of Texas at St. Edwards University

Writers often make the mistake of assuming that the only way to improve the pace of a story is to make as much stuff happen as quickly as possible. But a well-paced story is one in which the narrative unfolds at the speed and rhythm that the characters, scenes, and themes require. And pacing is determined not just by what happens but by the mechanics of how the story is being told, sentence by sentence. Sometimes, decisions as simple as word choice can have a profound effect on the pace of a story.

In this class, participants will examine the characteristics of successful pacing and study some basic strategies for helping their story develop at the rhythm that feels well-suited to the plot.The class will also identify some of the sign-posts that can indicate pacing problems in a story and how to handle these issues in the revision stage.


You’re writing a novel or short stories.
You want to ratchet up tension without adding in countless cliffhangers.
You want the high points of your plot to really wallop the reader.

Admission Info

$49 for Members

$109 for Non-Members

Phone: 512-499-8914

Email: wlt@writersleague.org

Dates & Times

2020/04/25 - 2020/04/25

Location Info

St. Edwards University

3001 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78704